Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.91
Liaison Albert Motel
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Villanova University
EN-2: Student Orientation

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Liesel Schwarz
Sustainability Manager
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The percentage of entering students that are provided an opportunity to participate in orientation activities and programming that prominently include sustainability:

A brief description of how sustainability is included prominently in new student orientation:

Our Recycling Coordination and Sustainability Manager speak to the orientation coordinators before the freshman arrive. The speech is motivational in nature, in an effort to get the coordinators revved up about recycling and campus sustainability efforts. The orientation coordinators are assigned to a group of incoming freshman and guide them around for the first week of orientation.

During orientation, Villanova hosts a "carnival" for the new students that includes multiple University departments. Sustainability has three main activities for the carnival, including:

A recycling game organized by the recycling coordinator. The game pits two students against each other to see who can put the most "trash" in the right bin the quickest. This helps to teach the students the recycling program on campus and clarifies what waste items go in which container.

Additionally, during the carnival students have the opportunity to tie dye organic cotton shirts with the Villanova sustainability logo. Information on sponsoring centers within the University are available at the end of the tie dye line.

Lastly, a maze of recycled cardboard boxes from move-in is made by members of the PESC Student committee. Not only is a maze a fun activity, but this one is educational because it helps to showcase how much waste is produced during move-in.

The website URL where information about sustainability in student orientation is available:

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